Video rental companies have at least one thing to be merry about this holiday season, as both the House and the Senate passed an amendment to the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA) that would allow subscribers of video services to consent to the disclosure of their video rental or purchase records on an ongoing basis. The Senate version of the bill originally included language that would also significantly change the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), but the Senate detached the VPPA amendment from the proposed ECPA amendment, which, as we reported last month, is opposed by law enforcement and is unlikely to pass anytime soon.
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